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    "Velvet Dumb-Waiter"

    2 oz, Lapsang Souchong Tea Infused Mezcal*

    1 oz, Bonal Gentiane Quina

    1/2 oz, Rabarbaro Zucca Amaro

    Dash of Bitter Queens Eucalyptus Bitters

    Smoked Oil

          Combine Mezcal, Bonal, Zucca, and Bitters into a mixing glass. Add ice then stir for 15 seconds. Pour into a chilled coupe then garnish with a few drops of smoked oil and a thyme sprig. 

    *Lapsang Souchong Tea Infused Mezcal

          In a bottle of mezcal, add 2 table spoons of the smoked black tea and let infuse for 3 hours. Strain and bottle. 

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    "King of Pentacles"

      The King of Pentacles.   Ambition, power, wisdom, and wealth. Out of 22 cards in the Major Arcana, this has to be one of my favorites. The King sits upon a throne decorated with statues of bulls and vines. His robe is stitched with beautiful grapevines, rich with fruit. He has many accomplishments and treasures which he displays them proudly.

           Crafting a cocktail around this card was a bit of a challenge. It would have to be strong yet rich with dark fruits and bitter notes. Refreshing yet complex enough to be sipped and enjoyed over a period of time. Luxurious, balanced, and sensual, This new creation will make you feel like royalty. 

    2 oz, Bulliet Rye Whiskey

    1/2 oz, Zucca Amaro

    1 oz, Lemon 

    1 bar spoon of Raspberry & Violette Preserves

    2 thin slices of Cucumber

          In a mixing glass muddle cucumber. Combine rest of ingredients into the mixing glass, add ice, then shake hard. Double strain into a wine glass and garnish with a few thin slices of cucumber.

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    “Raj & Rye”

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    1 oz, Bergamot Orange Infused Rye Whiskey*

    1/2 oz, Small Batch Bourbon

    1 oz, Darjeeling Tea Liqueur

    1 oz, Fresh Lemon 

    1/2 oz, Simple Syrup

          Combine ingredients into a mixing glass, add ice then shake. Stain into a collins glass over crushed ice. Garnish with a toasted marjoram sprig. 

    *Bergamot Orange Infused Rye Whiskey

          In a clean mason jar add one quartered whole Bergamot orange. Fill rest of the jar with an over proofed rye whiskey. Let mixture infuse for at least two weeks. Strain out infusion and enjoy. 

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    “Falconieri”

          Uncomplicated and delicious, this cocktail is my play on a traditional Sazerac. Spicy rye whiskey, herbaceous bitters and something else not expected. Turmeric, along with its variety of peppery warm bitters flavors, also has an abundance of nutrients and medicinal properties.Named after the patron saint of health, this drink is just what the doctor ordered. Move aside ginger, turmeric is taking over.

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    Rye Whiskey

    Turmeric Syrup

    Peychaud’s Bitters

    Bitter Queens Tobacco Bitters 

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    “Endless Maize”

          This imaginative creation has to be one of my favorites by far. A delicate balance between sweet and sour, with background notes of bright citric acid and mild herbs. A libation that leads you through a maze of twists and turns just to have you end up right were you started. Sip after sip the mind is baffled trying to figure out the collection of flavors this drink offers. Available now at the SRO bar Located in OddJob. 

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    “Endless Maize”

    Corn Flower Infused Vodka*

    Amaro Nonino

    Roasted Tea Syrup**

    Lemon

    Egg White

          Combine Ingredients in mixing glass and dry shake without ice for 20 seconds. Now add ice and shake hard for another 20 seconds. Double strain into a coupe/cocktail glass and garnish with dried corn flowers.

    *Corn Flower Infused Vodka

    1/2 cup Dried Corn Flowers & 1 750ml of you vodka of choice. I used Kettle One. Let flowers soak in vodka over night. Strain and bottle. Enjoy.

    **Roasted Tea Syrup

    I used Bancha Hojicha, which is a roasted Japanese green tea. Take 7-8 tea bags, 2  cups of sugar and 2 cups of water and bring to a boil. Turn down heat and let simmer for 15 minuets. Turn off heat, remove tea bags, and bottle. Refrigerate after use.

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    "Yellow Belly"

          I spent most of the day inside. I am listening to the radio with the window open and enjoying one of my new creations. The sweet fragrance of damp street and burning fire places remind me that winter is still possible, even in California. I need something to take me out of this haze and into the light. Mezcal, Grand Classico, and yellow bell pepper offer the perfect pick me up on a gloomily day. Sunny, bright, and smokey, with bitter sweet contrasts.

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    “Yellow Belly”

    1 1/2 oz, Mezcal 

    1 oz, Grand Classico 

    3/4 oz, Lime

    3/4 oz, Lemon Grass Simple*

    4 small pieces of Yellow Bell Pepper

    Muddle pepper in a mixing glass then combine rest of ingredients. Shake hard with ice and double strain into a rocks glass. Garnish with serrano chili.

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    *Lemon Grass Simple

    3 Stalks of Lemon Grass (crushed or chopped)

    3 Cups Regular Sugar

    3 Cups Water

    Bring to boil then turn down heat and let simmer for 10 minuets. Let cool then bottle. Refrigerate. 

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    "Sleepwalker"

          Winter…Short days and long nights will do something to you. Staying up late working behind a bar is no easy job. The night becomes a part of you. I have been waking up late in the afternoon, just to stay inside and get the few things done before I return to the bar. Laundry, pay bills, eat, maybe answer a few emails. The day is useless. It has all been blending together into one long monotonous mess. Maybe I have been sleeping and I am stuck in a dream. How would I know?

          The clock on the wall watches me. I pace the bar waiting for the first guest to arrive. I am in a cartoon. The lack of sleep and constant strain on the mind has drained me. Like a pirate lost at sea, I have gone mad.

          I am on a ship now. It is empty. I am alone. In the distance, I can barely make out whether it was another ship or an uncharted island. A large sound from below startles me and I fall, it is dark, I sleep again.

          I awake, there is a woman standing over me holding a wooden chalice. She speaks in a different language, yet I am able to understand it. She orders me to drink from it. I close my eyes again. Only then will I return to the life I have been accustomed to. My body weak from the long travel, and blinded by the sand in my eyes, I take the cup from her. Cautiously I place the it on my lips and with one long gaze into the woman’s cold eyes,     I drink. 

           An elixir or potion, infused with piney and bitter citrus savor. Flavors of gentian and lime overwhelm my taste buds with pleasure. The fragrance of Marjoram over powered my sense of smell and pushed me farther into this state of unconsciousness. I am stuck in a dream. Slipping deeper into the imagination, I was convinced that this dream was real.

       

          ***Greeks and Romans used Marjoram as a symbol of happiness. Are we not all in the pursuit of happiness? I wanted to create a cocktail that would transport me back to that dream like state. A curative concoction of a herbaceous spirit forward libation sure to enlighten your taste buds. 

     

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    “The Sleepwalker”

    London Dry Gin

    Suze Saveur d’Autrefois Gentiane Liqueur

    Lime

    Wildflower Honey

    Marjoram

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    I am offering this concoction at SRO, Oddjob, located at 1337 Mission Street.

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    "Periled Love"

           With Valentines Day right around the corner, why not surprise your lover with a sensual cocktail. Come snuggle up to the SRO bar and enjoy a few luscious libations like this…  

    London Dry Gin

    Grand Classico

    Lime

    Rich Simple Syrup

    Egg White

    Thyme

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